The Tigers And Yankees Cleared Benches (And Bullpens) After Miguel Cabrera And Austin Romine Started Throwing Hands
I have no idea what the disagreement...that led to the fight...that led to the benches clearing...that led to the goddamn bullpens clearing...was even over, but part of me thinks it's better that way. I could make an educated guess and say that someone probably threw at someone after someone else did something that was deemed inappropriate (but not totally illegal) within the confines of a game that preaches mutual respect but encourages beaning people with projectiles. However - like I said - I don't particularly care. I do wonder what Austin Romine was thinking when he looked a far bigger Miguel Cabrera in the eye as he aggressively ripped off his mask in the most "fuck it, let's go..." fashion of all time, but I don't even want to pick sides on this one.
I just want to appreciate it for what it was, and that was two ball players genuinely trying to hit each other with their fists. Sure, the fact that the fucking hot dog guy was just about the only employee in attendance not to rush the plate was a slightly overdramatic, but at least the few punches actually thrown were intended to connect. Honestly? It's just nice to see professional athletes get legitimately pissed off to the point where they can't help but attempt to rearrange each others' faces. Far too often we get the pushing matches that highlight - at most - a face wash or a wildly inaccurately hand swipe. So, while this one was ridiculously overmanned considering only 3-5 people really fought over something that didn't seem to be all that serious, it just appeared to embrace violence in it's purest, most unadulterated form and that's what I look for out of my day game scrapes in late August.